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This generation of video game consoles has been completely off my radar. Even my fanboy lust of all things Nintendo can’t make me save up enough money to buy a Wii-U. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve become jaded over the last console war, or if I’m just moving on away from consoles into other avenues of gaming (ie: PC gaming), but something about this generation just defies interest for me.

Some of it is just head inducing nonsense like this: www.theverge.com/2013/11/8/508… The Xbox One requiring a day one patch TO PLAY VIDEO GAMES. I mean, when the Ps3 launched it required a day one patch to play Blu-Ray movies, that’s not so bad though since you could still play games. But the Xbox One comes out and you literally can’t do anything with it if you don’t have an internet connection. For how much you paid for that device that’s pretty shitty.

And all the consoles are doing crap like this. The Wii U needed a day one patch, the PS4 has a day one patch. The lack of consumer friendly services and hoops they make you jump through to do what 20 years ago was a simple plug and play setup is mind boggling. Console gaming has regressed into an anachronistic lumbering dinosaur. Yes the games are still awesome. Yes the graphics are lovely. Yes everything is HD and amazing and what not... but it’s such a pain in the ass to set everything up I don’t think the high price is worth it anymore. The economy is the worse it’s been in ages and spending that much money on a box that won’t work right away and requires games that cost upwards of $60 apiece is just.... not worth it IMO. $60 can go a long way towards other more important things in my life right now, why on earth would I spend it on video games? Especially when I can play FREE games online, or cheap awesome indi games, or download apps on the go.

I guess I’m just bored with the console wars and everything. It’s the same boredom that made me lose interest during the original Xbox and Playstation 2 era. The boredom that was alleviated by the arrival of the very unique Wii and the promise of change that might spread through the console market... only to not happen and now we’re just right back where we were almost 15 years ago.

I honestly haven’t really played many Nintendo games after Skyward Sword. I just lost interest halfway through playing it. I’ve never finished it and I have no desire to go back. There are a lot of games coming out that seem interesting to me, but none that I would spend my hard earned cash on. Even the release of A Link to the Past sequel just can’t muster enough energy to be enthusiastic about anymore.

I dunno guys... I think I’m done with console gaming for the time being. Unless I get super rich suddenly and have the cash to waste on this crap, I just can’t picture myself buying ANY of the consoles anymore.

Besides, Skyrim is fulfilling all my attention at the moment. I can literally play that game for MONTHS on end without getting bored.
  • Listening to: Paarthurnax
  • Reading: The book of Mara
  • Watching: My housecarl sleep
  • Playing: Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Eating: Cheese Wheels
  • Drinking: Mead
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AllVideosOwn Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Guys, the gaming industry is shitting itself because it now takes millions of dollars to make games.

So if you don't make that back and then double it you will NEVER get anywhere.

That's pretty much the short version of why console gaming is crap now.
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AllVideosOwn Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
"Watching: My housecarl sleep"
LYDIA FANFICTIONS, FIRE!
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zananos Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It isn't just the consols anymore. Games are abysmally boring. It is the same thing over and over again. Even if you break some of the mold for an innovation, it still is the same... Sucks I just don't get excited for many games anymore. I haven't played a 'good' game for me in ages. Even Skyrim was lackluster, as much as I love the sandbox and can play for hours.
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SugoiMe Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Skyward Sword was fun.  It was my friends' and my way of chillaxing after a busy day at school teaching.  But now that that's done and my friend's off somewhere else with a different job, I don't get around to gaming anymore.  I sometimes go back to old games that I download for free online, but they can only entertain me for so long.  I've gotten pretty out of tune with gaming now.  Too much money for something I'd only want to play one game on.
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Niconic-crazyness Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I understand your frustration, but their are an extreme about of frugal options for this problem.
*Gamefly
*super awesome deals online
*borrowing and sharing with friends
*having a gaming money pool with others (kinda the same as the one before, but still really helpful)

I have very little money most of the time, but I put it together for a PS4. I do enjoy mostly indie games, and that's more a PC thing, but with lots of
ways to make a dent in the games you buy (if creative) I still give it a go.
That said, I probably shouldn't "have to" go to these lengths to get games, but I do.
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vbcnxm Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
Skyrim is indeed a time sink, I've played it since release and after two years, come back just to find MORE things to do that I'd never found before. Never before have I found a game that held a surprise for me two years after playing it.

Fuck, I can't even believe it's already been two years.
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MileniaKitsuvee Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've noticed many people voicing prtty much thesame thoughts (myself included). I think that consoles (and games) are trying to hard and to quick to "level up" & people have that kind of money to keep up especially when they keep adding obligatory "features" to things you gotta pay for. Not to mention, games doing it too! Youbuy a game & bam! 2 sequels are out in a few months & you haven't even finished the first one yet!

Honestly, all I need is the 3ds! It has great games like Phoenix Wright, LoZ, acnl, Pokémon etc. In Pokémon alone you can spend hours breeding perfect Pokémon & building endless combinations of teams
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MileniaKitsuvee Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ppl *don't have that kind of money

Sorry for typos, I'm using my phone u.u
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MileniaKitsuvee Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
(Continued cuz da posted my comment before I could finish =__=)

I also have games on the PS3 I want to finish. But apart from that its the 3ds for me. Not buying any new console for a long time. If anything I can also just play on a pc...
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DTJB Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Only time I've really been excited about a new gaming system is when I got my SNES.  Haven't been crazy for the hot new system ever since the PS2/Xbox/GC era.  Usually only get excited about a system until a few years have gone by.  With the way things are shaping up and with all the classic games I haven't touched yet, I doubt I'll ever get excited about a PS4 or the X One.
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